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Bu$hco attacks Move-on.org bloggers & Code Pink

by Geezer Power …11:11 am


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Bush Attacks “Move-On.org Bloggers,” Gets Standing Ovation From Right-Wing Think Tank

The Huffington Post |
November 1, 2007 03:13 PM

From President Bush’s address today at the right-wing Heritage Foundation in Washington DC:

I ask Congress to send me a clean Veterans funding bill by Veterans Day, and to pass a clean Defense spending bill. Congress needs to put the needs of those who put on the uniform ahead of their desire to spend more money. When it comes to funding our troops, some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden, and the requests of our commanders on the ground, and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters..

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By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced he would move to force a vote next week on his resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

“The momentum is building for impeachment,” Kucinich said in a statement on his Web site. “Millions of citizens across the nation are demanding Congress rein in the Vice President’s abuse of power.

Kucinich said he plans to introduce a privileged resolution, which would have priority for a House floor vote, on Nov. 6. A vote on the measure would be required within two days.

Observers expect a motion to table Kucinich’s resolution, which has 21 Democratic co-sponsors. It is almost certain that such a move to kill the resolution would be successful, but activists are urging members of Congress to support Kucinich’s move.

“We need you to ask your representative to vote No on tabling, Yes on giving impeachment a chance,” wrote David Swanson on the pro-impeachment Website AfterDowningStreet.org. “Those who vote Yes to table cannot use the excuse that ‘We don’t have the votes,’ since others will at that same instant with exactly the same exertion be voting No. Please scroll down to contact Congress and the media right away!”

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The Questions I Wish We Were Asked

anthony @ 17:40 BST

Chris Dodd | Huffington Post | November 1, 2007, 12:01 PM (EST)

For me, it starts with our Constitution. In November of 2006, the American people overwhelmingly elected Democrats with a mandate to change course. Much attention was focused on Iraq, but make no mistake – Americans were also signaling that they wanted Congress to rein in the abuses to the Constitution under the Bush administration and the Republican Congress. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen issues pertaining to the rule of law come up time and again.

Retroactive immunity. Waterboarding. The qualifications and judgment of Judge Michael Mukasey. Data mining. Warrantless wiretaps. The list, sadly, goes on…

At no point Tuesday night was I or any of my fellow candidates asked about their opinions these issues — some of the most important the next President will face. Not once. So I want to take this opportunity now to talk about these issues.

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Bush Catapults the Propaganda…

anthony @ 17:35 BST

“Repeat a lie often enough and the people will believe it!” (Dr Joseph Goebbels)

The Wages of Hegemony

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS | Counterpunch | Friday November 2, 2007

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”

Bush, at the Athena Performing Arts Center at Greece Athena Middle and High School Tuesday, May 24, 2005 in Rochester, NY

When he departs the White House on 20 January, 2009, the current resident will bequeath to the American people and the next administration an interminable war in the Middle East and a depreciated currency.

And that’s the good news. It assumes there is a successor administration and that no Cheney-contrived “national emergency” will make it possible for Bush to test drive National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD-51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20 to cancel the 2008 election.

Neoconservatives led by vice president Dick Cheney remain determined to effect “regime change” in Iran. The allegation of weapons of mass destruction falsely brought against Iraq is now being deployed against Iran. (more…)

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Billary launches “girlfriend” offensive…

anthony @ 17:20 GMT

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Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | November 2, 2007 09:24 AM

WASHINGTON–White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is mounting a “girlfriend” offensive in accusing her all-male lineup of rivals of piling on as she tries to recover her footing from a poor performance in Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia. Chief rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday was not buying the gender defense and said he did not wave a race card when he was roughed up in a debate.

Obama said in an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” “Well, look, I am assuming and I hope that Senator Clinton wants to be treated like everybody else. And I think that that’s why she’s running for president.”

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Breaking: Tap Runs Dry in Tennessee Town!

by GEF @ 5:17 AM MST

Do me a favor and tell that Moron Bush that Global Warming(From the Sun) is quite real!

US Drought

Tennessee Town Has Run Out of Water

ORME, Tenn. (AP) – As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community’s towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve.

With a twist of the wrist, he releases the tank’s meager water supply, and suddenly this sleepy town is alive with activity. Washing machines whir, kitchen sinks fill and showers run.

About three hours later, Reames will return and reverse the process, cutting off water to the town’s 145 residents.

The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.

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Stop the Insanity: No War With Iran

Sudhan@10:40 CET

By Gov. Bill Richardson

11/01/07 “ICH — — It is a tragedy that in the midst of one failed war in Iraq, George Bush and Dick Cheney are pushing a second front of failure and gearing up to attack Iran. The “unilateral sanctions” recently imposed will hurt diplomatic progress in the region, and I find it disconcerting that so many Democrats supported President Bush in his saber-rattling.

Senator Clinton voted to enable George Bush when she voted for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment. Senator Obama, skipped the Iran vote entirely.

Saber-rattling is not a good way to get the Iranians to cooperate and work with us for peace. But it is a tried and true method of laying the groundwork for another war — a war that would be a disaster for the Middle East, for the United States and for the world. Saying that we’re on a “path to diplomacy” while imposing these sanctions and increasing the war rhetoric only strengthens hard-line elements in the Iranian leadership and increases the risk of violence breaking out.

Further, a policy of “unilateral sanctions will actually diminish our diplomatic options. “Unilateral sanctions” are both ineffective and porous, and they will undermine the effort to get meaningful multilateral sanctions that the Iranians would possibly pay attention to.

Diplomacy continues to be the path not taken by the Bush administration.

Again and again, President Bush has shown a disdain for diplomacy and our own governmental institutions. The Democratic Congress needs to stand up to this president and prevent him from starting another needless war, which will further isolate us in the world and strengthen our enemies.

Bush’s goal seems clear — to keep ramping up the rhetoric and threats until he’s managed to back us into another unwanted war. But what isn’t clear to me is what Congress is going to do about it. Haven’t we yet learned the lesson that if you give this president an inch on this aggression, he will take a mile?

I know this region. I spent 80 percent of my time as ambassador to the United Nations on Iraq and the Middle East issues. If we want to succeed in the region, we have to get all of our troops out of Iraq. We have to talk to the Iranians and back that up with global diplomacy to build strong support for tough sanctions. That is how we will be successful, not with the president’s saber-rattling. Congress needs to stop him before he goes too far.

Of course, Congress just had a chance to stand up to Bush with an unequivocal “no war with Iran” vote. But they squandered the opportunity — just as they, time and time again, have missed chances to stand up to Bush on Iraq.

Now is not the time for a “wait and see” attitude — not on ending the war in Iraq and not on starting a war in Iran.

When it comes to Iraq, I want all the troops out, now. If the president won’t do it, we need to convince Congress to stand up — go to www.getourtroopsout.com to join us.

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